Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Call for abstracts

December 7 - 9, 2005, Islamabad. Pakistan.

Technical Sessions: Childrens health and environment

Three pillars of the sustainable development are society, economy and environment; the Heart of the sustainable development is the future generation. Children represent the future of our societies, and therefore it is essential to protect the health of children and ensure that children live in safe environment, allowing them to reach their full potential. However, children happen to be the most vulnerable group to adverse health consequences of environmental factors such as polluted air, contaminated and polluted water, food and soil, radiation risks, chemicals, unhealthy housing, environmental noise, risks related to transport, and the consequences of armed conflict and environmental disasters and poverty. According to the WHO (2003) report, approximately 3 million children under the age of five years die every year due to environmental hazards. In South Asia, the average infant mortality rate (IMR) is about 70 per 1000 live childbirths (UNICEF 2000). The governments and stakeholders have a responsibility to take action to reduce the sources of chemical and other risks and prevent childhood exposure.

The Eighth SDC will look at the ways in which governments cooperate and exercise power over natural resource management (NRM) in their respective countries and in the region. The participants of the Conference will share their experiences and discuss national and regional environmental and health issues with a focus on the childrens health. These, among others, include monitoring and situation evaluation of children of different age groups and toxic chemicals, preventive and educational activities for promoting safe use of chemicals and national environmental and health policies.

Abstract: A soft and printed copy of the abstract of not more than 400 words should be submitted directly to Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja ( by Monday, 15 August 2005. It should clearly state the title, theme, objectives, sources of data, and major expected findings. It should include the authors full name, a brief bionote as author of no more than 30 words, complete contact address (email as well as postal), telephone and fax numbers.

SDC 2005 details also available at WWW.SDPI.ORG

Sponsorships: SDPI would sponsor speakers for presentation of their papers of accepted abstract with the cost of travel, accommodation & meals for the entire period of the conference.(December 6 - 10, 2005).

Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), P.O. Box 2342, Islamabad. Pakistan
Hello: 0092 51 2278134 & 36; Fax: 0092 51 2278135; e-mail web

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